BAOFENG Tri-Power 8W FAQ [Budget Baofeng Comms]

This is the latest video in the Budget Survival Comms Series. In this video we go through testing the Baofeng Tri-Power 8 watt radios. We also test the antennas they come with, in order to dispel any rumors or myths, and show you how to make the most of these higher power handheld radios.

The radio used in the video is the Baofeng BF-F9+TP 8 watt radio. We also used the Sainsonic INF-661 dual band antenna as a replacement for the radios included antenna. You can purchase the Sainsonic INF-661 dual band antenna here

The radio did a very good job at 8 watts into a dummy load. In fact I was skeptical about the power output of this radio, but it worked as advertised. The included antennas were less than impressive, but we came up with an excellent work around.

The radios in the video were provided by Radioddity

Please check out the Budget Survival Comms playlist, where you will find the videos from this series, and also video from my channel buddies, related to this series.

If you want to get your comms up, this is the right place to start!

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  1. SREagle
    SREagle 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Not for HT's but a very nice Calculator to find out what is your ERP effective radiated power by computing;
    Radio Power Output/ Coax Loss/ Antenna Gain. LINK:
    Scroll down to bottom of Page. Inter 1. DB Loss per 100' 2. length of cable in feet. 3. Power into Cable. 4. Gain of Antenna in dBd Hope this helps some out, play around with it some results might amaze you.

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  2. Jorn Jacobsen
    Jorn Jacobsen 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Test all antennas for the frequencies you are using. The rubber duck types vary . The longer Boafeng stock antennas is a good one, typically 144 to 152 Mhz. Found 7 bad Nagoyas for friends. Counterfeits. Avoid Nagoyas. The NL22 however can be tuned. Add a tiger tail on the NL22 to greatly increase bandwidth…..

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  3. john nelson
    john nelson 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    how do I go about resetting my radio to get to the higher frequencies

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  4. Tim Lipinski
    Tim Lipinski 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Have you talked to the ISS with a high gain antenna with this radio ?  Will be nice to listen in and hear what is going on in the area.  Will be a great addition to the 5.11 LBE Vest with a tall antenna and a speaker-mike.  Thank you for the video !  tjl

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  5. Manic Mic
    Manic Mic 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    I think the likes vs. dislikes ratio speaks for itself. Thanks STN

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  6. Gilbert Torres
    Gilbert Torres 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Hi guys!
    I don't know if this question has been asked, haven't read other comments yet. Is the Baofeng BF-F9 V2+ only a Ham radio or can it be also programmed to use with FRS/GMRS channels? Its a really novice question i know so be patient.

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  7. Korruption
    Korruption 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Whats your thoughts on the Nagoya NA771? It claims a 2.15 DBI 10W. When I put it on my Baofeng UV-5R+ it seems to pick up much worse inside buildings than the stock antenna. This user error or am I special?

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  8. Damir Mrakužić
    Damir Mrakužić 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Well, yes, this is serious. I understand that this question looks funny to you, but this is because I don't know anything about it, and I want to learn.

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  9. Brad Kimo
    Brad Kimo 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Can you comment on the V-85 antenna that comes with their new BF-F8HP radio? How does this one compare to others. Which antenna would you recommend when most of our listening is done on the 2m band and we'd like to stay portable.

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  10. Damir Mrakužić
    Damir Mrakužić 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Thank you for sharing this usefull video. Please tel me, which antenna I hawe to buy, and how to tune it, and what frequency I have to use to reach max renge?
    Thanks again

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  11. Richard Slusher
    Richard Slusher 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Thanks for the info, Julian!  I'm thinking I might pick a spare HT after the holidays.  I'll keep what you said in mind.

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  12. Miss Kim Alcantara KD Phd.
    Miss Kim Alcantara KD Phd. 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    very well said ! 73's

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  13. Marouane El Fdidine
    Marouane El Fdidine 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    +SurvivalTech Nord , Great video..
    I just want to know, did you test the UV-82HP on the power meter to see if it's really 8W on high ?

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  14. jorge gomez
    jorge gomez 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    I have a uv-82l 1watt and 5watt settings what antenna would be best without getting an external antenna for my car.

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  15. scdevon
    scdevon 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Good video, but good grief. An 8 watt TX setting on any HT is a waste even with an extremely efficient antenna. The difference between 4 watts and 8 watts on the receiving end won't even be noticeable on FM even though it's "twice the power".
    Give me half a watt with an efficient gain antenna any day over 8 watts and a dummy load rubber duck.

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  16. John Cook
    John Cook 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Thank You

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  17. Clyde Sostand
    Clyde Sostand 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    I use a PRYME AL-800 HighGain Dual Band Extendable Antenna SMA-Female on all my Radios here in London and i don't have to extend to hit a repeater

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  18. Clyde Sostand
    Clyde Sostand 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Great job

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  19. Michael Neukam
    Michael Neukam 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    I have a BF-F8HP. It does 2W on low, 6w on Mid, and 8W on High power. With a tuned NMO antenna on my car it struggles to hit repeaters on high that it hits just fine on low or medium power. I would love to see just how bad it looks on a spectum analyzer. My advice would be to not waste your money on the 8W Baofeng radios and stick to the 4W units, or if you already have one, never run it on high.

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  20. TheSmokinApe
    TheSmokinApe 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Well done, great videos…

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  21. AbileneAugie
    AbileneAugie 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Good info. I have a bf-f9v2+ and I added a $20 MFJ 1717 sf antenna. It seems to perform much better than the factory and sunfounder antennas that I previously tried.

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  22. Cache Site
    Cache Site 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    t received a Uv5r last week from Amazon – the stock antenna that I have seen in this video and several others is not the antenna they sent to me (thicker stubby antenna with rings cut into the antenna near it base)- my antenna is a little longer and slimmer (tapered with a small end cap) and looks like the antenna from the Baofeng 8 watt HT….maybe I just got lucky.  Thanks for posting this video

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  23. CharlieMic5
    CharlieMic5 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    What was the handheld antenna your showed a clip of that had a handle? I've only seen handheld satellite antennas nothing that small before

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  24. rkaag99
    rkaag99 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    one more thought… height…. old joke goes, if your antenna is still standing… it isn't high enough.
    or, 10-dollar radio – 100 dollar antenna.  like with photography & lenses… fair camera body with good glass makes better images (shy of user error of course)

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  25. masterkeep
    masterkeep 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Good to know that I should always upgrade the antenna on a portable.

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  26. 8digitPDX
    8digitPDX 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    Thanks, that's great info.  Got purchase links yet? If the antenna situation is like you say, would that then be best left to vehicle and pack mounted units and not even try for higher power out of a handheld running a cell phone sized battery?

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  27. interpol007
    interpol007 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    So for uv5r models are there any upgrades that would be applicable? 

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  28. Mr Vegas
    Mr Vegas 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    The only other thing is I haven't had the best of luck with the Nagoya 771.  There were ok but still need the help of a counterpoise antenna.  I had much better with my homemade ground plane.  Let me know if you are interested in seeing the easiest way to make them

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  29. Mr Vegas
    Mr Vegas 24 June, 2016, 06:00

    It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison of the audio quality between the UV82 and the F9.  Previous versions like the F8 had inferior voice quality compared to the UV82s.  So use  a good yagi antenna and place the F9 at 8W and the UV82 at 5W.  It would be curious to see how if the 3 extra DB gives that much extra range and if the voice quality is any better than a different radio.

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